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Hoops success leaves Powell feeling terrific
MANAGER Chris Powell labelled Saturday’s win over Queens Park Rangers as "a terrific day" for Charlton.
Johnnie Jackson headed a stoppage time winner as the Addicks moved to within one point of Championship safety.
And Powell, whose side head to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup tonight, was delighted to begin an important week with a vital three points.
“We have got to feed off of this win for tonight’s game,” said the Valley boss.
“Saturday was a terrific day for this football club and for my players.
“They were immense. They got their just rewards and the crowd were terrific, but we gave them that and we fed off of each other.
“Now I’m sure that all of a sudden when we have won there won’t be as many tired bodies.”
The manager also believes the coming days will be crucial in determining how this season pans out for the Addicks.
Powell said: “We have got to focus on Sheffield Wednesday and then we go to Leicester.
“This is a pivotal week for us.
“We’re playing two big sides in QPR and Leicester in the league, and obviously Wednesday in the cup.
“For a number of years we have been nowhere near the cup and we are still talking about it at the end of February, which is great for this club.
“I want us to be talking about it in March, so there is no way we’ll be taking it lightly.
“We can see that there is a great chance to get ourselves into the last four.
“Why not take that opportunity?
“It doesn’t come often and we’re going to Sheffield with full intentions of getting to the next round.”
Charlton’s central midfield pairing on Saturday of Jordan Cousins and Diego Poyet have a combined age of just 37, and Powell was full of praise for the latter.
“Diego is a good footballer and he definitely showed that today,” said the gaffer.
“He is very calm and makes the right decisions at the right times. He makes time for himself and you always recognise a good footballer when they have got time on the ball.
“He made some important tackles and is an all round midfielder. “Diego is the one who will break attacks up, and start them.
“I am pleased for him because he has taken his chance.
“I have always said that you have to be ready, because you will get a chance.
“He is certainly showing that he is capable of playing at this level.”
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